An annual opportunity for young people between 7-13 years to experience engineering first hand and for teachers to take part in a bespoke training programme.
“It’s been a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to communicate with other schools and pupils from different backgrounds and particularly showing them what engineering is like, showing them the aspirational side of engineering. The teamwork is just brilliant and I think it’s been fantastic, giving a lot of opportunities to our pupils.” Primary School Teacher
Would you and your pupils benefit from this type of experience?
We're taking everything on-line this year to ensure that you can access and take part in the project easily. We invite you to take part in a tried and tested project approach which includes:
What is GMEC?
GMEC is designed to inspire 7-14 year olds to engage with engineering processes and scenarios using project-based tasks linked to the National Curriculum. Pupils work in schools teams and collaborate with engineering ambassadors from industry to work on themed tasks and a Challenge Event in March. Teachers receive tailored professional development focused on embedding engineering habits of mind within the curriculum.
In March 2020, GMEC's Challenge day was hosted in the impressive surroundings of The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Hall and primary and secondary pupils from 18 Greater Manchester schools took part. Pupils showcased their research in Sustainable Living before taking part in a large, hands-on engineering challenge.
ExtraOrdinary Spaces in 2021
Registration to take part in GMEC will open in early October 2020. Involvement is free due to the generosity of the project partners. Teacher virtual webinars will commence from December 2020 with the project culminating in April 2021.
Working with industry – GMEC has the support of ambassadors from Balfour Beatty, Siemens, Vinci Construction and Civic Engineers, and the expertise and support from the Manchester Turing Maths Hub and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
Collaboration with Class of Your Own provides GMEC participants with an extra special experience for 2021. Alison Watson MBE and Dan McDonagh , experts in working with schools to engage pupils with projects focused on the built environment, are joining forces with The University of Manchester’s SEERIH to drive towards one shared mission - to close the opportunity gap to raise attainment in science and engineering education for young people in Greater Manchester and beyond.
Take a look at the fabulous GMEC Time Lapse film!
GMEC is based on the Tinkering for Learning Research programme (The University of Manchester in partnership with The Royal Academy of Engineering). Find out more and learn how you can support young people in the Engineering Design Process and Engineering Habits of Mind.
GMEC IN THE NEWS - click through to two recent articles profiling GMEC 2020 in the Association for Science Education's Primary Science Magazine and the Design Technology Association's D&T Practice Magazine
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